Jovo dishes on new rules

BOB MACKIN -- 24 Hours Vancouver

, Last Updated: 8:08 AM ET

It's the hottest video since Paris Hilton's small-screen debut and all the National Hockey Leaguers are talking about it.

It's a league-produced instructional tape outlining the dos and don'ts of the post-lockout NHL.

"I'm sure you guys will eventually get a hold of that tape, it'll be pretty interesting," defenseman Ed Jovanovski told reporters at the Vancouver Canucks' training camp at General Motors Place.

Jovanovski said he's looking forward to the crackdown on obstruction, legalization of two-line passes and shootout tiebreakers. He said it will help breathe offensive flair back into the league.

"I hope they stick to [enforcing obstruction], it's going to benefit our team speed and skill," said the 29-year-old who is entering his 10th NHL season.

It won't impact his play as a blueliner as much as it will force goaltenders to adapt, he said.

"They're going to face that many more quality scoring chances and shots," he said. "This will be more exciting for fans."

Meanwhile, Canucks cut 10 players Monday, including Vancouver Giants' centre Mario Bliznak and left-winger Mitch Bartley. They were sent back to the Western Hockey League team's camp. Canucks further reduced their roster to 52 yesterday with the assignment of forwards Chanse Fitzpatrick and Colt King to the Manitoba Moose of the American Hockey League and David Schulz to the WHL's Swift Current Broncos.

Canucks move to Whistler today for four days of sessions before returning to GM Place for Sunday's 2 p.m. intrasquad game. The $5 tickets benefit the Canadian Red Cross.


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